Village of Oak Park announcements - May 21, 2013

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By Community Editor

Courtesy Village of Oak Park

FEMA home inspections begin

Residents who applied for federal disaster aid following the flooding in April can expect a visit soon from a FEMA inspector. Homeowners, renters and business owners affected by the storms may register for assistance online at or or by telephone at 800.621.3362. July 9 is the last day to register for assistance. Click here to watch a video about a home inspection.

Monthly electronic recycling returns

Electronic recycling will be offered on the last Saturday of each month beginning May 25. Items can be recycled from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Public Works Center, 201 South Blvd. The final recycling event of the season will be Oct. 26. Acceptable items include computers, peripherals, laptops, monitors, TVs, cell phones, rechargeable batteries, printers, fax machines, MP3 players, portable digital assistants, video game consoles, video cassette recorders, digital video disk players, zip drives, scanners and microwaves. Such items are banned from Illinois landfills. The program is sponsored by the Illinois EPA, the West Cook County Solid Waste Agency and Vintage Tech Recyclers. For more information call 708.358.5700 or email

On-street parking restrictions eased over holiday weekend

The overnight parking ban will not be enforced on most Oak Park residential streets over the Memorial Day weekend. Overnight restrictions will be lifted at 2:30 a.m., Sat., May 25, and resume at 2:30 a.m., Wed., May 29. However, restrictions will remain in effect in overnight permit areas, such as Village-owned lots, on-street enclaves and on-street overnight parking zones. All other parking regulations also remain in effect, including daytime posted restrictions and regulations related to traffic and public safety. The holiday does not affect parking meters. For more information call 708.386.3800 or e-mail

Memorial Day commemoration planned

Veterans, their families and residents are invited to attend a Memorial Day commemoration ceremony at 9 a.m., Mon., May 27, at the Peace Triumphant monument in Scoville Park, near Lake Street and Oak Park Avenue. In addition to remarks from public officials and local veterans, patriotic singing, a bugler playing taps and a rifle salute from the Oak Park Police honor guard are planned. Special tributes will be made to fallen soldiers and River Forest diplomat Anne Smedinghoff who was killed in Afghanistan last month. The event also will tie into the 150th anniversary remembrance of the Civil War. For more information, call 708.697.6915 or 708.386.4040.

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